The Guns & Yoga Podcast
Episode #17: Sonny Provetto & The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness

Episode #17: Sonny Provetto & The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness

July 20, 2021

Sonny Provetto is a former police officer and a trauma-focused therapist.  He is the Clinical Director at The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness & The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resilience.  It is a comprehensive treatment center for first responders that uses a  multi-disciplinary approach to healing traumatic stress. They treat trauma at its core by using EMDR, biofeedback, and trauma-sensitive yoga as tools to help responders heal from their trauma.

Sonny and I discuss his personal experience with EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and how it helped him to heal from PTS. 

LINKS:

How to Find an EMDR therapist in your area - >>> Find an EMDR Therapist

Vermont Center for Responder Wellness - >>> The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness & The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resilience

YouTube Video - >>> https://youtu.be/WqzWEC4T9_s

Episode #16: Within The Trenches with Ricardo Martinez - THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #16: Within The Trenches with Ricardo Martinez - THE PODCASTER SERIES

July 6, 2021

This week I talk with Within the Trenches podcast host, Ricardo Martinez.  He worked as a dispatcher for 13 years and  is doing amazing things within the dispatch world by bringing awareness to issues surrounding burnout, wellness, and self-care through the power of storytelling.   He talks about how burying his own calls and not reaching out was personally detrimental to him, and used this as motivation for what started as a college project blog and eventually turned in to what he has created today with his Within the Trenches podcast.  His podcast is based on his own experiences as a 911 dispatcher.  The stories he shares are based on all types of calls.  The show is informative, funny, and eye opening.  Dispatchers around the globe have been featured on the podcast.

He is the founder of Within the Trenches media, the IAM911 movement, and the Dare to Be Great Conference series.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Stitcher RadioSoundcloud or your favorite podcasting app. You can reach Ricardo at wttpodcast@gmail.com and find more information on his website https://www.withinthetrenches.net/.

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Episode #15: Steph Therapy 911 with Police Therapist Stephanie Samuels - THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #15: Steph Therapy 911 with Police Therapist Stephanie Samuels - THE PODCASTER SERIES

June 29, 2021

Today’s guest is Stephanie Samuels, the founder and director of COPLINE, a 24/7 hotline manned by vetted and retired LEOs, she is a psychotherapist that specializes in working with police officers and their families, a trainer, an author, and she hosts her own show, Steph Therapy 911.

LINKS:

COPLINE @ www.copline.org

Facebook - StephTherapy911 with Stephanie Samuels

 

Episode #14: The Squad Room with Garrett TeSlaa - THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #14: The Squad Room with Garrett TeSlaa - THE PODCASTER SERIES

June 15, 2021

This week, we continue with our Podcaster Series. I speak with Garrett TeSlaa, veteran law enforcement sergeant and host of the successful podcast, The Squad Room.  Garrett  left a successful career in the music and film industry in 2005 to pursue a life in public service. Garrett is now an active duty 16-year law enforcement veteran and sergeant for a sheriff's office in Southern California. Garrett has held assignments in patrol, gang investigations, community relations, internal affairs, and media relations among many others; and, has been involved in numerous critical incidents that have received international media attention. Garrett holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Public Sector Management and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Garrett hosts the successful podcast The Squad Room devoted to personal development for first responders. He is also a TEDx speaker and contributing writer for PoliceOne and Law Enforcement Today.

LINKS:

The Squad Room: https://www.thesquadroom.net/

TED Talks: The Importance of Second Responders: Garrett TeSlaa

Episode #13: Helping First Responder Families with Dr. Rachelle Zemlok -THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #13: Helping First Responder Families with Dr. Rachelle Zemlok -THE PODCASTER SERIES

June 8, 2021

This week, we continue our first responder podcast series.  During the month of June, we will be releasing podcast episodes in which I talk with fellow first responder podcasters.  

In today’s episode, I speak with Dr. Rachelle Zemlok.  She is a licensed child and family psychologist in California.  She  specializes in supporting and educating first responder families in private practice. She is married to a firefighter and has three siblings in law enforcement so she knows first hand the impact a career as a first responder can have on families.  In her practice she helps provide first responder families with information that will help keep them healthy and resilient despite those impacts.

Dr. Zemlok is also a mother of two young children, the author of “The Firefighter Family Academy: A Guide to Educate and Prepare Spouses for the Career Ahead”.  She has an active on line presence and a blog on her website geared towards supporting and educating first responder spouses.

LINKS:

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LINK TO HER BOOK: https://www.amazon.com/Firefighter-Family-Academy-Educate-Prepare/dp/1543943144

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WEBSITE LINK: https://www.firstresponderfamilypsychology.com/about-me

INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/firstresponderfamilypsychology/?hl=en

Episode #12: Behind the Shield with James Geering -THE PODCASTER SERIES

Episode #12: Behind the Shield with James Geering -THE PODCASTER SERIES

June 1, 2021

Today’s guest is James Geering.  If you don’t yet know James, you are in for a treat.  He is a Rockstar and trailblazer in the arena of first responder well-being.  He is a retired firefighter/paramedic, author, and successful podcaster.

James served for 14 years as a firefighter/paramedic on both the east and west coasts.  He was inspired to start the Behind the Shield Podcast in 2016 after experiencing personal loss of those he served along side with.  He is also an author of the book “One More Light: Life, Death and Humanity Through the Eyes of a Firefighter”.
 
 
Behind the Shield Podcast: https://www.jamesgeering.com/podcast-1
 
Episode #11: A Conversation with Brady Pilster from CORDICO

Episode #11: A Conversation with Brady Pilster from CORDICO

May 25, 2021

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Brady Pilster. Brady is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for CORDICO. For those of you not familiar with Cordico, Cordico is the leader in officer wellness technology. CordicoShield Wellness Apps are confidential, available 24/7, easy to use, proactive wellness solutions customized for law enforcement agencies of every type and size. CordicoShield provides law enforcement with powerful handheld wellness resources, anonymous self-assessments, access to peer support, geo-mapping of vetted therapists, one-touch calling, on-demand tools targeting critical incidents, depression, suicide risk, and much more.

LINKS:

CORDICO (Website)

CORDICO Wellness App Booklet

 

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 10

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 10

May 18, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

This week: Find Your Tribe

Links for 30X30 Initiative:

https://30x30initiative.org/about-30x30/

https://www.police1.com/women-officers/articles/police-agencies-sign-national-pledge-to-recruit-30-women-by-2030-NAeOiIHClnyIEeqH/

Episode #10: Under the Headset with Pam Opoka

Episode #10: Under the Headset with Pam Opoka

May 11, 2021

Pam Opoka is the Public Safety Training Coordinator and Peer Support Program Planner at Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).  She has over 25 years of experience in Public Safety and has a master’s degree in Public Administration and is an ENP or Emergency Number Professional. Pam is active in University Research projects for peer support efficacy.  She is currently the co-chair of National Emergency Number Association’s Wellness Committee Peer Support Work Group and is a member of NENA’s Education Advisory Board. Pam is also on the State of MO Service Board Training Committee and the State of KS Coordinating Council Training Committee. She is an advocate for mental health and wellness for public safety professionals.

 

Pam spent years working as a dispatcher and knows first hand the mental and physical risks posed by the cumulative stress associated with working under the headset.  Pam is passionate about supporting her fellow dispatchers and other first responders through wellness programming, peer support, and more.

LINKS:

https://www.nena.org/page/PeerSupport (INF Doc is published here)

https://www.nena.org/page/WellnessContinuum

https://marccs-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/popoka_marc_org/EaQP5Let8gVGiIlgk5mpD2UBbTGFYqRswxkSDA4PZ0d2Uw?e=DlPHIS

https://www.marc.org/Emergency-Services-9-1-1/Regional-911-System/Training/911-Peer-Support-Program

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 9

Tactical Tip Tuesday - Microcast 9

May 4, 2021

Tactical Tip Tuesday is a weekly microcast where we will share a tip, tool, or dose of inspiration for the week ahead.

This week: How yoga and meditation helped sharpen my aim

Article Link: https://www.police1.com/police-training/articles/how-yoga-and-meditation-helped-sharpen-my-aim-U1igYyNBTQ1RSINh/

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